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Scotland’s Future

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th September 2013.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Let me just finish and then I will give way later.

Tavish Scott said that independence would pitch us into a pitch-black room from which we would never get out. Tavish Scott should try telling that to the 150 countries around the world that have become independent in the past 60 years, not one of which wants to go back the way. The only pitch-black room that Scotland has been cast into is the one marked “Tory Government”, which is propped up by the Liberals and is a Government that we did not vote for.

Listening to some of the speeches this afternoon and to other contributions in the wider debate, I have often been reminded of an old leaflet that I came across recently. This leaflet from a previous no campaign states:

“Vote NO ...

BECAUSE it means competition ... instead of co-operation ...

BECAUSE it can be of no benefit commensurate with the additional expense involved ...

BECAUSE it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur.”

That comes from the vote no campaign against votes for women. The reason why I quote that is that it often strikes me that every progressive campaign in history has been met with the kind of dreary, can’t-do, it’s-all-too-risky, let’s-just-stay-as-we-are arguments that we heard earlier from others, including Ruth Davidson.